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On /Film, we have Superhero Bits daily, Star Wars Bits and Sequel Bits a few times a week, and occasionally we’ll run a TV Bits. Today we add a new one to the line, Back to the Future Bits. No, don’t expect to see this round-up as a regular column, but with Back to the Future Day coming up next week (remember Marty and Doc arrived on October 21st, 2015) there are just too many news stories, announcements, and fun tidbits not to share with you. So today I present to you the first (and possibly only) edition of Back to the Future Bits. Here is what you can expect:

  • Writer/producer Bob Gale answers fan questions.
  • We get an update on Back to the Future: The Musical.
  • Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox tease a big announcement from Toyota coming on October 21st 2015.
  • Find out where you can get a Back to the Future Day t-shirt.
  • Claudia Wells reprises her role as Jennifer Parker for a Back to the Future short film showing what happened the night of October 26th 1985.
  • Find out how to recreate the Flux Capacitor cheaply with everyday materials.
  • Back to the Future series director Robert Zemeckis admits the movie wouldn’t have been made today.
  • Bob Gale talks about what he got right and wrong about his Back to the Future Part II predictions, including the Cubs going to the 2015 World Series.
  • Listen/watch a rocking remix of Back to the Future by Eclectic Method.
  • And the header image is of a Back to the Future DeLorean time machine golf cart created for The Red Deer College 30th Annual Golf Classic.

All that and more, in Back to the Future bits. Hit the jump to 88 miles an hour to see some serious shit.

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Hoverboard Commercial

This year, luxury automobile manufacturer Lexus turned the future into the present by making a real working hoverboard, thanks to the science of super-cooled magnets. We’re still a long way off from having hoverboards on streets around the world, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.

However, in honor of Back to the Future Day coming up in just under a couple weeks, Universal Pictures has unleashed an official hoverboard commercial, touting the Mattel branded toy of the future, as if it were a product of the present. Read More »

mondo back to the future vinyl

Mondo is announcing a beautiful 6-LP vinyl box set for the Back to the Future trilogy, in addition to individual album releases. The vinyls feature fully restored music from original master recordings under the supervision of composer Alan Silvestri, never-before-released tracks from the sequels, exclusive liner notes contributed by series screenwriter Bob Gale, and incredible artwork by DKNG Studios and Matt Taylor. The box set and individual vinyls will both go on sale on Back to the Future Day, October 21st 2015. Find out a lot more information about the Mondo Back to the Future vinyl set and see some images of the fantastic art, after the jump.

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Outatime trailer

The excitement for Back to the Future Day continues with a tease of another documentary about one of the most integral parts of the time traveling adventure. The DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future is one of the most iconic vehicles in cinema history, but for some reason, the primary car used during the production of the film trilogy was left to fall apart on the backlot of Universal Studios. It sat in the rain for years, fans would sneak onto the lot and steal parts from it, and the car seemed destined for the junkyard.

But Back to the Future writer Bob Gale wasn’t prepared to let the original DeLorean be erased from existence, and he had a restoration team assembled to bring the car back to its former glory. The work, which lasted over two years, is chronicled in the Outatime trailer, a documentary about the saving of this film legend. Read More »

Ranked: All 17 of The Films of Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis films ranked

This weekend brings the true story of The Walk to theaters everywhere after an exclusive IMAX 3D engagement began last week. Director Robert Zemeckis has finally figured out a way to use 3D to his advantage, and without hollow, haunting motion capture characters , by crafting one of the most breathtaking, suspenseful sequences that film has seen in a long time.

So as the tale of wire walker Philipe Petit’s daring stunt between the Twin Towers gets a wide release this weekend, it’s the perfect time to look back at the films of Robert Zemeckis. Beginning with his first feature film in 1978 and running through this year’s The Walk, we have all of the Robert Zemeckis films ranked. Which one made #1? Read More »

Back to the Future t-shirt

The love for Back to the Future is in full swing, and if you’re looking forward to celebrating all the good stuff that’s on the way for Back to the Future Day on October 21st, but you need some cool new threads to show your love for the time traveling franchise, we have good news.

Threadless has just unveiled a Back to the Future t-shirt collection with 21 new, original shirts from a variety of artists. Some of them are simple tributes to the movies while others get a little more creative with their imagery. But the good news is you can buy them all right now. Read More »

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Back to the Future Part III set video

Yesterday brought a lot of fun updates for fans of Back to the Future, from the forthcoming arrival of Pepsi Perfect (in a very limited supply) to a trailer for Jaws 19 to the arrival of skateboards modeled after the iconic hoverboards from the film, just as the word for the floating device has been recognized by the dictionary.

And now we bring some unique footage from a Back to the Future Part III set video, shot by someone who just happened to live next door to the house that was used as the McFly residence. She’s a peeping tom! It’s nothing too revealing, but it gives you a good idea of the vibe on a film set, which usually requires a lot of standing around. Read More »


October 21st 2015 is quickly approaching and we don’t have flying cars or hoverboards, but some of the Back to the Future 2 predictions are beginning to come into reality. Earlier today we told you that Pepsi was going to produce a limited number of Pepsi Perfect bottles, and a Jaws 19 trailer was released by Universal Pictures. While companies like Lexus are trying to produce a real hoverboard, we’re still a ways away from the floating skateboards promised in the Robert Zemeckis-directed sequel.

Well, today is a monumental day in the history of the hoverboard, as the Oxford English Dictionary is finally declaring that “hoverboard” is a word. Also, while we may have to wait a few years for a hoverboard like we saw in the movie, Madrid and Valterra are teaming to release special 30th anniversary officially licensed limited edition skateboards based on the hoverboard designs seen in the film. Hit the jump for more details.

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Jaws 19 trailer

The promotions for Back to the Future are getting pretty heavy. Just this morning we found out Pepsi was making Pepsi Perfect a reality to coincide with the arrival of the future from Back to the Future Part II later this month, and now the official page for the film is teasing the arrival of a different sequel that fans of the time traveling franchise should be familiar with.

When Marty McFly walks around the town square of Hill Valley in 2015, one of the things he encounters is an outdoor marquee advertisement for Jaws 19, yet another sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s iconic summer blockbuster. And now a teaser trailer has arrived which not only promotes Jaws 19, but also details every single Jaws sequel leading up to it. Read More »